African record for reefer lifts

30 June 2020 | Infrastructure

Maersk made history last weekend at the Port of Walvis Bay when they broke their own African record for reefer lifts on a single vessel.

Reefers are containers that carry refrigerated cargo, like citrus, meat and fish.

A record of 334 live (full) reefers were lifted at the Port of Walvis Bay when the Santa Rosa docked at the offshore container terminal in Walvis Bay on 21 June, executive for commercial services at Namport, Immanuel !Hanabeb, announced.

Maersk and Safmarine accounted for 1 326 of the 1 763 reefers – also a new record, beating previous record of 1 244.

Santa Rosa sailed from Walvis Bay carrying of 1763 live reefers primarily filled with South African fruit, beating the previous record of 1 682 set by Maersk Lebu.

The vessel is a 300m container ship built in 2011 and sailing under the flag of Denmark. It arrived from Port Elizabeth en route to the Port of Algeciras, Spain, where it is expected to arrive on 1 July.

Louis Coetzee, Maersk port captain for Angola and Namibia, thanked the Namport team led by Adolph Egumbo for the assistance provided in breaking an African record and for being part of maritime history.

He also expressed his gratitude for a job well done and exceptional productivity levels achieved.

The Port of Walvis Bay continues to play a significant role in regional trade as the key gateway and transhipment port of choice.

This can be attributed to location, exceptional productivity levels and the seamless logistics that the port offers as well as Namport’s capacity to deliver on the customer satisfaction promise, !Hanabeb said.

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